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From the ancient and beautiful Italian island of Sicily emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Calabretta. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Sicily is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local surnames are also found. Local names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, and does not necessarily denote nobility. The Calabretta family lived in Viterbo.

Calabretta Early Origins



The surname Calabretta was first found in the southern region of Sicily.

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Calabretta Spelling Variations


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Calabretta Spelling Variations



Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Calabretta include Calabria, Calabrèse, Calabrese, Calabrèsi, Calabresi, Càlabri, Calabri, Calabra, Calabrètta, Calabretta, Calabr and many more.

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Calabretta Early History


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Calabretta Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Calabretta research. More information is included under the topic Early Calabretta History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Calabretta Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Calabretta Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among bearers of this surname in early times was Vincenzo Calabro, who was a civic senator in Messina in 1656, 1659, and in 1664. Giuseppe Calabro...

Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Calabretta Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Calabretta arrived in North America very early: John Calabra, who arrived in South Carolina in 1823 at the age of 30, Angelo Calabrese, who arrived in New York city in 1893, and Nilola Calabrese, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1890..

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